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2009 Subaru Outback Consumer Reviews

4.8
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Outstanding car!

by from Fairbanks, AK on March 30, 2009

One of four Subarus I own, the Outback does not disappoint. "Limited Offroad Capability"? Yeah, if you compare it to a Jeep or another SUV (which the Outback isn't), but compare it to any other statio...
One of four Subarus I own, the Outback does not disappoint. "Limited Offroad Capability"? Yeah, if you compare it to a Jeep or another SUV (which the Outback isn't), but compare it to any other station wagon (which is is) and it shames the competition off road. With almost 9" of ground clearance there are very few roads the outback can't venture down. The seats are superb, I drove from Missouri to Alaska in five days in comfort. It has over 30,000 miles (less than a year old) and so far nothing has gone wrong. One of my Subarus has over 200,000 miles on its original engine and I am sure this Outback will reach that if taken care of. I would only trade my Outback for another one.
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I'm Hooked

by from Hillsborough, NJ on May 12, 2009

At my age of 55 I could have bought just about any vehicle I wanted. But to me, most cars are a waste of money unless you can get real value through longevity and reliability. I wanted something that ...
At my age of 55 I could have bought just about any vehicle I wanted. But to me, most cars are a waste of money unless you can get real value through longevity and reliability. I wanted something that would be safe, reliable, have a good ride, handle well and be good on gas. So I bought an 2009 Outback with 8000 miles on it. I look foward to getting into this car every day. It's really a great car. It's quite roomy, rides great, handles like some sports cars I've tested and the engine has good power. I get 24-25mpg around town and I've gotten 30mpg on the highway at 70 mph. This crossover wagon is extremely quiet inside even at high speeds. I've had lots of cars but so far, the Outback has impressed me(& my wife) the most.
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New 2009 Outback lover

by from Indiana on July 26, 2009

My wife just purchased a 2009 Outback after driving a host of others, both "crossovers" and sedans. She has a half-hour drive morning and afternoon to her job, and really wanted the safety of the all-...
My wife just purchased a 2009 Outback after driving a host of others, both "crossovers" and sedans. She has a half-hour drive morning and afternoon to her job, and really wanted the safety of the all-wheel drive and traction control. She loves to sit up high, but did not want to drive a large SUV again like the one she traded in. She loves the sporty feel and beautiful two-tone dark and light gray exterior. She also feels good on the 17" wheels. In fact, she sat in the garage last night and played her I-pod on the wonderful Subaru radio with the wireless hookup! (We just picked it up two days ago!) We both love this vehicle--I'd had a Forrester about 6 years ago. She keeps a vehicle a long time, and this is the vehicle for that decision. She is a very careful looker, and this won out over several others. This Outback--for us, anyway--is a great marriage of automobile and SUV. We are both approaching 60 and retirement if that helps!
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2009 Outback

by from on April 11, 2011

I have hadSubarus for years, and when I decided to give my 2004 Outback to my daughter, my wife and I looked at the 2010 Outback body style , and it was just too big for our tasteds. The previous gene...
I have hadSubarus for years, and when I decided to give my 2004 Outback to my daughter, my wife and I looked at the 2010 Outback body style , and it was just too big for our tasteds. The previous generation Outback was just right, so we bought a 2009 with 8000 miles for a great deal through Cars.com. We love it!!
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Outback ROCKS!

by from Denver, CO on March 9, 2011

Am just in love with this vehicle. I have owned now for near a year and love the way it drives in snow while still getting incredible gas mileage for what it is.
Am just in love with this vehicle. I have owned now for near a year and love the way it drives in snow while still getting incredible gas mileage for what it is.
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Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

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2009 Outback

by from Noank, CT on November 26, 2010

Bought my 4th Subaru a few months back - get sale - no pressure. The car was a dealer loaner, so it was well broken in, very low milage - essentially just like new. The car has done great so far, and ...
Bought my 4th Subaru a few months back - get sale - no pressure. The car was a dealer loaner, so it was well broken in, very low milage - essentially just like new. The car has done great so far, and looks to be just as well performing as my 2006 Outback has been! Only down checks is the inside comfort - it's overall just fine, but could use a little more room in the drivers seat if you are over 6 foot tall.
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Best all around car I have driven

by from PA on January 23, 2009

This is my 7th subaru I have owned and the best! The 3.0 has the best ride and less road noise then the 2.5 subaru. I live in the mountains and have no trouble with the many hills I have to drive alon...
This is my 7th subaru I have owned and the best! The 3.0 has the best ride and less road noise then the 2.5 subaru. I live in the mountains and have no trouble with the many hills I have to drive alone with the snow and ice. I'll let someone else drive the Hybrids and electric plug ins! LOL
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Go places!

by from Arkansas on July 15, 2009

We crunched all the criteria. We were looking for the safest car. We wanted all wheel drive. We needed a car that could carry lots of stuff from the home store. It had to be stylish and perform well. ...
We crunched all the criteria. We were looking for the safest car. We wanted all wheel drive. We needed a car that could carry lots of stuff from the home store. It had to be stylish and perform well. And most of all we wanted a car that would haul our kayaks. All roads lead to a Forester. After driving both we chose the Outback. We live in Hot Springs Arkansas. There isn't a reputable dealer close to us so we had to drive to Fayeteville. So if you are a looking for a AWD safe car you really can't go wrong with any of the Subaru line.
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1st Subaru

by from Reno, NV on August 9, 2009

This is my first Subaru and I can already tell that it won't be my last. I have only had it for a couple of weeks now, but I love it. I traded in my giant SUV because I was looking for better gas mile...
This is my first Subaru and I can already tell that it won't be my last. I have only had it for a couple of weeks now, but I love it. I traded in my giant SUV because I was looking for better gas mileage, something fun to drive and good in the snow. The crash test ratings are a huge seller for me. Also the ground clearance and stability control, which comes standard in 2009. I bought the base model and I plan on adding some convenience features to it. The only gripe I have is that I wanted a sunroof, which can't be added later. Only the limited models have them and I didn't want the leather seats and the big price tag that comes with it. But oh well. The cars handling is excellent and I drive mountain roads a lot. The 2.5 liter is plenty of power for me. The outback is great for hauling gear, dogs and just everyday items. I can't wait to test it out in the snow! So far I really enjoy the car and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to downsize from their giant SUV.
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Wind noise and other annoyances

by from Wyoming on May 5, 2010

Driving on Wyoming interstates in the Wyoming wind produced an annoying howling from the sunroof on my Outback Limited. Took it to the dealer wo said that the sunroof was fine, tested it with water an...
Driving on Wyoming interstates in the Wyoming wind produced an annoying howling from the sunroof on my Outback Limited. Took it to the dealer wo said that the sunroof was fine, tested it with water and found no leaks. Noise was coming from the roof racks, said "they all do that", meaning that they couldn't do anything about it. Otherwise, I love how it handles, driving is a real pleasure. Brakes, heated seats, visibility, dashboard features layout, and interior room are all great. Not pleased with OEM Bridgestone Potenza tires. They are very expensive, made from synthetic rubber which is supposed to give a smoother ride. I haven't noticed any difference in the ride from other tires I have used on other vehicles, but i do know that if you drive on a flat Potenza for even a few seconds the tire is ruined and will need to be replaced. Another feature I would not choose again is the auto climate control which allows driver and passenger to select different temperatures. The heater is just not up to the job when it is below freezing outside and the wind is blowing. If not for the wonderful heated seats the car would be very uncomfortable in the winter.
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